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poleaxe

[ pohl-aks ]
/ ˈpoʊlˌæks /
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noun, verb (used with object), plural pole·ax·es [pohl-ak-siz], /ˈpoʊlˌæk sɪz/, pole·axed, pole·ax·ing.
variant of poleax.
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British Dictionary definitions for poleaxe

poleaxe

US poleax

/ (ˈpəʊlˌæks) /

noun
another term for battle-axe (def. 1)
a former naval weapon with an axe blade on one side of the handle and a spike on the other
an axe used by butchers to slaughter animals
verb
(tr) to hit or fell with or as if with a poleaxe

Word Origin for poleaxe

C14 pollax battle-axe, from poll + axe
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